10 Erykah Badu-izms to Get You Through Life

It's Erykah Badu's birthday! The queen is 45 and still a fountain of carefree wonder. Whether she's singing dope lyrics, dropping gems on social media or sharing her wisdom in an interview, Ms. Badu always embodies the glory of #BlackGirlMagic.

Lauren Porter Feb, 26, 2016

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"Beauty looks like encouragement, patience, acceptance, forgiveness, carefulness and compassion." ESSENCE May 2014

2 of 10 Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

"It's time for me to make some steps easy to blame somebody else but not this time." Out of My Mind, Just in Time


3 of 10 Tim Mosenfelder/Contributor

"I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement." ESSENCE May 2014

4 of 10 Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET

"Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learn, if your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned." On & On

5 of 10 Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

“My soul flies free like a willow tree.” Apple Tree

6 of 10 Larry Marano/Getty Images for Jazz in the Gardens

“Guess I was born to make mistakes but I ain't scared to take the weight so when I stumble off the path I know my heart will guide me back.” Didn’t Cha Know

7 of 10 Erika Goldring/Getty Images

“And if you don't want to be down with me you don't want to pick from my apple tree.” Apple Tree

8 of 10 John Parra/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

"Bag lady, you gon' hurt your back Dragging all them bags like that." Bag Lady

9 of 10 David A. Beloff/Getty Images

"I can make you put your phone down, you ain't gonna text no one when you wit me, I can make you put your phone down, so you can show me attention" Phone Down

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"Never knew what a friendship was, never knew how to really love, you can't be what I need you to, and I don't know why I [mess] with you." Green Eyes